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about america's fiscal problems. i outlined a framework that deals with reforming our tax code and reforming our spending. i believe the framework that i have outlined in our meeting today is consistent with the president's call for a fair and balanced approach. to show our seriousness, we have put revenue on the table house speaker boehner -- on the table. >> house speaker pinera today after a meeting -- house speaker john boehner after a meeting at which the white house. does that mean that republicans are considering raising taxes on wealthy americans? >> yes, but there's a divorce between raising revenues and raising rates. and i'm afraid that half of washington, the liberal half, has an inability to understand. you can keep rates the same, or even lower them, as was recommended by the president's own debt commission, which he rejected, if you broaden the base by eliminating deductions and credits and all kinds of exemptions. that is how they did it in 1986. in the reagan-o'neill agreement. they lower the rates and raise revenue by broadening the base. every quarter century
. you and i have to pay taxes. people have to train scientists to build bombs. people have to finance factories to do the building. everyone in this country is involved in that war. what the soldier did is at the end of an enormous long chain, he pulled the trigger. that was his part. but we all like to believe that he did it. we didn't do it. and that is going to alienate a person right away. it's like, "yeah, i did it. and what, and i'm the only one that is responsible for this? why are you laying it all on me?" that's one big problem. and i think it's a problem of alienation, when people come back, and they realize that nobody really cared. and they don't even want to take responsibility for the fact that they were part of the enormous machinery that had all this take place. so i do think that it's important. and i think that these people are proud. they're proud to be in the military. they are volunteers. and they generally want to do a good job and all that. but i can't think that they're not getting a bit resentful. seven tours? it's like, what are you guys doing to help here? a
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